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Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8: Which One to Buy?



The Samsung Galaxy S9 release date is just a few weeks away and that means buyers have a tough choice to make. Get the impressive Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, or wait for Samsung’s next big thing. With that in mind, here we’ll go over everything you need to know about the Galaxy S9 and how it compares to last years phone.

On February 25th Samsung unveiled its new phone and all the important changes on board. And while the design is almost the same, a lot changed. Including dual stereo speakers, a better camera, three cameras on the Galaxy S9+, and more. Most notably, a stunning new camera unlike anything else. Buyers will simply have to decide if those changes are worth it.

Read: Galaxy S9 Pre-Order Date, Time, Price & Shipping Info

As you probably know, these phones have the same 5.8 or 6.2-inch curved Quad-Hd display. However, this year the screen isn’t curved as much, for improved durability. You’ll get the same stunning design from either phone, a premium metal and glass design, wireless charging and a lot more.

In 2017 Samsung released the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. Both phones had big curved screens with small bezels, a sleek design, powerful cameras, and basically the same features throughout. This year though, the Galaxy S9+ is a little different. It actually has more RAM, a bigger screen, longer battery life, and three cameras. Meaning the choice could be even more difficult in 2018.

Based on everything Samsung announced on stage, these phones have small but meaningful changes throughout. The biggest, however, is around the camera. The Galaxy S9 camera can change, on the fly, to a different aperture to get the best photo in any situation. The lens inside actually moves, like a human eye, to let in more or less light when it’s needed.

If you’re coming from a Galaxy S7 and debating which new Galaxy to buy, that’s where our slideshow will be helpful. We’ll go over everything that is changing, and what to expect from this world-class camera setup.

If you’re eligible for an upgrade and are trying to decide on what’s available now, or to wait, we’re here to help. That said, we wouldn’t recommend the Galaxy S8 right now. Not just because the Galaxy S9 is official, but because new deals will continuously surface over the next few months. They’re both great devices, but you can get the new Galaxy S9 for the same price, or wait, and get huge discounts.

Whether it’s a decision based on price or someone looking to upgrade, we have all the details. Check out the slideshow below full of helpful information, photos and more.

Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8: Display & Design

Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8: Display & Design

First up, we need to talk about the Galaxy S9 display and design. Mainly because these phones look nearly identical to the Galaxy S8 from 2017. 

In fact, the only easily noticeable difference is the fingerprint scanner on the back, and maybe the slightly smaller bezels on the screen. Samsung put the fingerprint scanner in the center back of the phone, under the camera. This makes it much easier to reach, easier to use, and just makes more sense. 

Otherwise, both phones have the same 5.8-inch or 6.2-inch curved Quad-HD AMOLED display. Samsung has the best screens in the business, so we're expecting nothing but the best from the S9. One thing worth mentioning is the curve isn't as pronounced this year. That will likely make the phone easier to use, and more durable. 

Additionally, the little black bezel on the bottom of the phone, under the screen, is slightly smaller on the Galaxy S9. Only by a hair though. Everything else is almost identical. 

Both the S8 and the new S9 feature the same premium metal and glass design, water-resistance, wireless charging, 3.5mm headphone jack (yes please) and edge-to-edge screens. This is more of an evolutionary upgrade than a revolutionary one. 

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